Just thought I would point out a book that offers opportunities to think about how the information age is transforming our society and ideas about skills that are emerging from it for success.
Book: A Whole New Mind - Moving from the information Age to the Conceptual Age, Daniel Pink
or Amazon, etc.
What I was thinking as I read this book was how many schools and even our school policy/standards are still struggling with how to help students and teachers to achieve literacy in the areas that define the Information Age (Information/Media/Multicultural/Visual Literacy). Actually, I was thinking how so many schools are still struggling with teaching students pre-Information Age literacy in school environments that were designed for the Industrial Age; wondering if the world around us is going to slow down to wait for our students.
I have also been thinking about how for the better part of what we know of as structured learning/schools, schools and the instructional objectives of schools have largely determined the essence of what students know and even the sequence in which they come to know things (maybe that it why it is considered "structured" learning :-). The management of that system and choices about how knowledge, skills, and information are evolved and offered to students has become a political matrix that struggles with any real sense of capacity or efficiency when it comes to change.... The Internet seems to have changed the rules without regard for the structure of our educational system and is challenging the system we have been holding in place called public schools.
Sorry for thinking out loud... it is vacation. And I still haven't got it all figured out yet ;-)
Regarding off-topic posts: I was hoping for more than being able to find out facts or events from people on this board. I was hoping other peers in our profession would speak their mind, be who they are, understand that we all are different and offer unique riches to any real dialog about how to learn and grow in our profession, while staying passionate or inspiring others to become passionate about their work and life in general. I mean it isn't like we became educators for the pay :-)
You don't have to look far into the study of online community development and sustainability to find it determined that a Professional Community with no invested personal/social discourse is soon to be doomed... which is likely true of any community. Make me laugh, make me think, make me care enough to keep coming back.... or just delete my posts. Who is going to Dynamic Landscapes? Maybe we could have a School IT lunch? Can you tell I am new to Vermont and looking for new friends :-)
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